Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

My Impact

 

United We Fight. United We Win.

Will You Join the Fight?

United Way fights for the education, earnings opportunity, and essential needs of everyone in our community. Your donation to United Way impacts 1 in 3 lives right here in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties. Your annual United Way gift is at work 24/7 helping people by strengthening the building blocks of a better life – Education, Earnings & Essentials.

Your donation to United Way makes it possible for our network of member agencies and community partners to ensure local people learn more, earn more, and lead safe and healthy lives:

  • children, youth, and adults achieve their potential through EDUCATION;
  • hard working people build their EARNINGS; and
  • everyone has access to the ESSENTIALS, like food, housing, health care, and help during a crisis.

Click here to read about our mission, goals, strategies, and values.

 

Why We Fight:

  • Even with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, hundreds of local low-income families are ineligible for, or unable to afford, health coverage. Preventing and treating chronic and acute illnesses keeps people from needing expensive emergency care and allows them to be more productive at work and home.
    • Your donation of $7/week provides a low-income diabetic people with insulin for a year.
       
  • Locally, 41% of children qualify for free or reduced lunch at school. Those food needs don’t end when the school bell rings.
    • A donation of $3/week provides a year of healthy groceries and nutrition classes for a family of 4.
       
  • Parents with reliable after school and child care are more likely to keep stable employment and improve their economic situation.
    • Your donation of $5/week provides a student with high-quality after school programs and one-on-one tutoring for the school year.
       
  • Only 24% of working age people with developmental disabilities who want jobs are employed.
    • A donation of $2/week provides 8 young adults with disabilities materials for employment classes.
       
  • With the right modifications and support, most seniors can remain independent and in their own homes longer.
    • Your donation of $1/week provides 16 door-to-door trips for a senior unable to drive.
       
  • 85% of brain growth happens by age 5. Robust early learning experiences are critical for kids to get a smart start in life.
    • A donation of $20/week provides a young at-risk child with a month of high-quality childcare that will help her have a good start in kindergarten.
       
  • Losing a place to live is expensive and destabilizing. 49% of United Way member agency clients are employed, but often face tough choices to make ends meet.
    • Your donation of $3/week helps a family with rent or utilities so that they can stay in their home.

 

What Your Donation can Accomplish:

  • Of high school seniors enrolled in mentoring programs at United Way member agencies, 100% graduated and 79% have plans to further their education/training.
  • To build children’s early literacy and school readiness skills, United Way distributed over 7,800 books to kindergarteners and preschoolers through the Let’s Read and Real Men Read collaborations.
  • The Free Community Tax Service program brought together over 100 volunteers to assist Monroe and Owen county residents file nearly 2,400 federal returns and save over $705,000 in tax preparation fees, which they plan to invest in food, clothing, paying bills, and to put toward savings.
  • 464 veterans, people with disabilities, and at-risk community members now have safe and stable long-term supportive housing.
  • 1,087 local people, 64% of them children, participated in mental health services at no or low-cost.
  • 188,786 bags of groceries and 1,555,388 meals (a 32% increase from last year) were provided to community members at risk of hunger in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties.

>> See more results of your donation

 

The Impact of a Dollar:

  • $1/wk equips 5 students with school supplies to thrive academically.
  • $2/wk supplies 25 sack meals to hungry children throughout the year.  
  • $3/wk provides support for one person with a disability to receive on the job training for one month.
  • $9/wk ensures 3 days of emergency shelter service for victims of domestic violence.  
  • $20/wk provides four families in need with vouchers to Opportunity House for clothing and household necessities.

>> See more about the impact of a dollar

 

How We Achieve Results:

>> Member Agencies work with United Way to create success in our community thanks to your donations to the Community Action Fund. We are proud to award funding to these organizations through a local volunteer-led grants process. Click here for a full listing of member agencies.

>> Collaborations bring key partners together to create a stronger community. Click here for a listing of current collaborations.

 

 
  • Born Learning
  • Financial Stability Alliance
  • Monroe Smart Start
  • Familywize Discount Prescription Card
  • Bank On Bloomington